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Sport BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Strode College

Course description

This two year course is approximately two-thirds theory and one-third practical. Theory units include: Anatomy and Physiology in Sport; the Physiology of Fitness; Assessing Risk in Sport; Fitness Training and Programming; Sports Coaching; Sports Development; Fitness Testing; Practical Team and Individual Sports; Exercise, Health and Lifestyle; Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise; Current Issues in Sport; Sports Injuries; Sport and Exercise Massage; Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport; Sports Leadership; Physical Education and the Care of Young People; Work Experience; the Athletes Lifestyle.

Practical units are equally varied including: coaching, fitness and some analysis of sporting technique in different sports.

You will be encouraged to participate in National Governing Body Coaching Awards, local visits and a residential visit to complement your studies. Some visits will be essential to the completion of your course. A compulsory two week (minimum) work experience placement will give real experience of the industry.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A* - C or equivalent, such as Level 2 Diploma at pass, merit or distinction plus a GCSE A* - C. It is recommended that students have Maths and English Language grade C or above. A high degree of personal fitness and an active interest in either sport or exercise is essential.

Work experience with young people is a key feature of this course. You will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This report is a government requirement for all people working with children, vulnerable adults and young people including on work experience. You will need to fill in a form and provide original identification to confirm who you are and where you live. Assistance will be given with this, once you are in college.


There will be continual assessment including assignments, projects, case studies, teamwork, presentations, work placements and some in class tests. Two units will be externally assessed one by exam and one externally marked assignment. Pearson Exam Board.

Financial information

Memory stick, course polo shirt, sports kit, stationery and approximately £30 for trips and visits.

Future opportunities

You can progress to higher education or to employment within the sports and fitness industry. Many former students have progressed to degrees in subjects such as Sports Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Development and Sports Therapy. Alternatively progression into roles such as fitness instructing, personal training or coaching are possible, but may require additional qualifications. Recent student destinations include: Sports Journalism at University of Southampton; Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries at University of the West of England; Sports Coaching at Bath University and Fitness Apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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